Apr 20, 2012

Distant Shores.

Distant Shores
Kristin Hannah
Publisher:Random House Publishing.
Publication Date: June 28,2011


Kristin Hannah’s novels always captured my attention, always kept me on going to the end. Distant Shores wasn’t any different, even though beginning was slow and I wasn’t sure if I was going enjoy, and that’s why I only gave it 4 stars. However, it picked up within few pages and at that point I didn’t want to stop till I reached the end. Distant Shores seemed different from other Hannah’s books that I have read, but as her others it made curious what’s going happen, it kept me wondering how things would turn out for Jack and Elizabeth. I found myself rooting for them both.

  Jack and Elizabeth ‘Birdie’ Shore had been married for 24 years, now with two grown children. It might seem like they have the perfect marriage, but when the girls go away to college, Jack and Elizabeth begin to drift apart. When Jack accepts a job he been waiting for, as always, Elizabeth follows him, supporting him even though New York is the last place she wants to be.

After her father’s unexpected death, Elizabeth begins to question herself, including her choices, her dreams and even her marriage. What Elizabeth does next, shocks her husband and her friends, when she decides to not go back to New York but back home, and follows her dreams, not Jack’s.

I thought Hannah’s writing style was unique, I liked it how it was from both Elizabeth and Jack’s point of view, the way it kept going back and forth, I felt as I got to know them both better. To be honest, I wasn’t fond of Jack till almost to very end, I felt that he didn’t treat Elizabeth a way husband should treat a wife. I understand that he got his dream job, but he should at least talk with Elizabeth when he first got interview in New York, and maybe the aftermath could ended differently. To me, it seemed that he only cared about what he wanted and not what Elizabeth wanted.

Elizabeth, I loved her character from beginning. Even thought I didn’t agree with some of her choices, I believed she should talked to Jack more about how she felt, and not through a letter, and she should given Anita more of a chance in beginning, especially considering fact that she did nothing but be nice to her. I was proud of her, how much she grew through the book and finally had courage to follow her dreams and finally give Anita a chance, way she should have all those years ago.

The ending was romantic; it put a smile on my face. I thought it was a great happy ever after ending. I ‘m happy that I picked this novel up. It made me smile, cry and even get angry at some characters at time but it was worth it.


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